The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Contest Rules

Location

Date & Time

Round 1

Bond 365

 

Tuesday Feb 21st 3:45-5:00 pm

Wednesday Feb 22nd 2:15-3:30 pm

Thursday Feb 23rd 2:15-3:30 pm

Friday Feb 24th 1:15-2:30 pm

Round 2

Bond 365

Thursday Mar 9th 2:15-3:30 pm

Friday Mar 10th 1:15-2:30 pm

Final

Bond 295

Thursday April 13th 5:00 pm

  • Any cadet is eligible to compete by filling out an entry form on the Public Speaking Lab website.

  • If a contestant has to come in late or leave early, please let us know via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you leave early or arrive late, enter in through Bond 367 and quietly make your way to the Public Speaking Lab from there.
  • Contestants will give a 5-7 minute speech on any topic. The speech should be informational, persuasive or inspirational. Speeches may contain humor, but speeches that are primarily humorous will not be considered.

  • All speeches should be original. Quotations used should be attributed to the original author. Contestants must use the same speech for all 3 rounds (but improvement is encouraged).

  • Time is important. Contestants who speak less than 4:30 or more than 7:30 will be disqualified. During the contest, a timer will have a light to indicate to the contestant the 5-minute, 6-minute and 7-minute mark. Contestants will not have to worry about keeping track of their own time.

  • Speakers may not use PowerPoint, Prezi or other electronic presentation programs. As a general rule, contestants may not use props.  However, if you find a prop is vital to your speech, contact the lab director to discuss the possibility of allowing for a prop in your speech. The emphasis should be on the cadet's ability to communicate without the aid of electronic devices. Contestants may use notes if necessary.

  • All contestants will compete in a preliminary round and five contestants will be selected to compete for the graduation award and prize money. Contestants will be placed in preliminary rounds based on their schedules and the availability of judges.

  • Preliminary competition will take place in the Public Speaking Lab (Bond 365) between February 21st and February 24th. 

  • Contestants who advance to the final round will use the same speech. The finalists are required to record their speeches in the Public Speaking Lab prior to the final competition. These speeches will be used for our archives and for use on the PSL website.

  • Contestants are welcome to work with the Public Speaking Lab in preparing for their speeches. To make an appointment, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Judges for the preliminary round will come from The Citadel faculty and staff. Care will be taken to arrange the competition so that judges in each setting will not be well known to the cadets who are competing.

  • The final competition will be held on Thursday, April 13th at 5:00 pm. Judges for the final competition will be from off campus and will be people who have experience and knowledge of excellent public speaking.

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